For anyone with a passion for Caribbean destinations, there has probably never been a better time to visit Cuba. This culturally rich, aesthetically vintage island nation is slowly opening its doors to American tourists (albeit with restrictions).
But browse available people-to-people tours and you'll notice a trend — they usually span five to seven days and they can cost upwards of $5,000. Yikes.
Thankfully, insightCuba, a people-to-people educational tour operator, has announced a new three-night/four-day Cuba tour that combines beach time in renowned Varadero with a whirlwind stop through Havana — all for a starting rate of just $1,995 per person.
Tom Popper, president of insightCuba, says the Thursday-to-Sunday Cuba tour was designed for travelers just looking for a long weekend escape. As a bonus, travelers can choose from a number of optional excursions to customize their experience.
Among the experiences offered are:
-A day at the Melia Varadero beach resort
-An excursion to the farmers marker in the small town of Cardenas
-A trip to the Sugar Cane Museum
-A ride on the Sugar Cane antique train
-A visit to the Varahicos Ecological Reserve
-A full day of exploration in Havana, including a walking tour of Old Havana, a scenic ride along the Malecón, mojitos at Hotel Nacional and a visit to Ernest Hemingway's home.
The four-day tour, available from December 2016 to April 2018, includes:
-Three nights at the all-inclusive Meliá Varadero resort
-InsightCuba guided people-to-people excursions
-Expert Cuban guide and private Cuban driver
-All meals at the hotel; lunch and dinner in Havana are on one's own
-Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Department of the Treasury general license
-All entrance fees to scheduled activities and events
-All in-country ground transportation and airport transfers
-Travel health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
-InsightCuba travel guidebook
-24-hour emergency customer-service hotline
-Additional activities available: sailing on a catamaran, snorkeling, windsurfing, diving (additional fee), or fishing (additional fee)
For more info on this Cuba tour, visit insightCuba.com or call 1-800-450-CUBA.